Kirk Cousins is a new father. (Mark Tenally/Associated Press)

Kirk Cousins is now a father. The Redskins quarterback and his wife, Julie, welcomed their first child Friday night with the birth of their son, Cooper. He arrived 11 days after the due date at 9 pounds, 11 ounces.

“It’s a special experience,” Cousins said. “I texted the coaches afterwards and said, ‘That was a top experience of my life so far.’ That says it all.”

Cousins, who missed Friday’s practice because his wife was in labor, said the process went well. The name was agreed upon by both Kirk and Julie, with positive responses from their family members. Cousins praised his wife for her positivity and discipline throughout the pregnancy and delivery.

“It was just a little reminder that I married up,” Cousins said. “It was a life goal of mine to marry up, and I did that. I think this whole process the last nine months have affirmed that.”

Along with Cousins, right guard Brandon Scherff also became a first-time father with the birth of a healthy boy. Scherff left after the team’s practice Friday to be with his wife.

Both Cousins and Scherff were back on the field during Saturday’s practice as Washington prepares to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

“We did not fine [Cousins] for missing time, no,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said with a smile. “No issue. Kirk is going to be well-schooled on what happened [Friday]. We reintroduced everything to him, so he’ll be up to speed.”

While Cousins was away, he still participated in one of the team meetings. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy FaceTimed Cousins on Friday so he could witness a portion of the team’s third-down plans against the Chiefs. Cousins said he arrived early Saturday to catch up on what he missed.

“I actually did intend to get here for practice, but those at the birth center were telling us that it could come in the next half-hour, the next hour,” Cousins said. “That isn’t what ended up happening, but they led us to believe there might be.

“I thought practice was pretty productive today and got us going in the right direction.

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